Mailbox Quailbox

Mailbox Quailbox

by Margaret Ronay Legum, Robert Shetterly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Legum's debut is a boon for the often-neglected middle-age-range boy and girl and for adults privileged to share the fun. Multiplying the laughs invented by the author are Shetterly's ridiculous, action-packed drawings of Mama Quail, in charge of the ``Creatures Column'' on the Weekly Territorial, and the clients who write her for advice. ``Heartsick in Kenya'' begs to know what to do about the young lion who returns to his jungle home from the big city with a Bo Derek hairdo and other humiliating airs: ``Talk about a blow to our pride.'' Mama suggests hiring out the effete fellow as a hairdresser's model, say for the Kenyan shop, ``The Mane Man.'' The parakeet ``Wife of the Life of the Party,'' Cheep Shotz, gets tips on subduing his swinging Tarzan act and so do all the wise bird's clients. Readers will want more books from this very witty author. (812)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5 Mama Quail, known for giving advice, lands a job with the Weekly Territorial writing a ``creatures column.'' After a stiff, set-up prologue, the rest of the book consists of problem letters and Mama Quail's answers. The idea is good but is not funny in execution. There are a few humorous moments, but there are many puns that are too sophisticated for most children. The letters are often much better than the answers. For instance, Herman the termite writes that he might be thrown off the baseball team because he can't resist chewing on the bat. But Mama's advice to Mousetrapped, whose grandmouse won't eat anything except jalapena pepper cheese, is, ``Move to a Mexican neighborhood.'' There is no story line to tie the letters together. The line drawings are economical and clever, showing up the absurd situations to their best advantage, but Mama Quail is no Ann Landers. Annette Curtis Klause, Montgomery County Libraries, Md.

Product Details

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Edition description:
1st ed
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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